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Bearizona Wildlife Park announces May 1-7 as Bear Aware Week
Emphasis placed on how to live and recreate in black bear inhabited areas

Visitors to Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams watch one of the park’s bear cubs play in the walk through portion of the attraction. Submitted photo

Visitors to Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams watch one of the park’s bear cubs play in the walk through portion of the attraction. Submitted photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - May 1-7 is Bear Aware Week at Bearizona Wildlife Park.

During Bear Aware Week, the park provides information to visitors about how to live and recreate in areas that are inhabited by black bears. The first 100 people to download and complete the Bear Aware Quiz from the park's website before their visit during the week will receive a prize before exiting the bear enclosure.

The Bearizona gift shop will showcase Bear Aware materials, as well as free

information about hiking, camping, mountain biking and living in areas where bears reside.

To date, stable populations of black bears have been found in at least portions of 41 out of the 50 United States, Canada and Mexico. Black bears are generally shy, have a sense of smell that is 20 times greater than a dog, and are incredibly strong. In late summer and early fall they can eat up to 20,000 calories in a day - which is like eating 40 hamburgers and 40 ice cream sundaes. Their physical abilities and appetites sometimes bring them into areas where humans gather where they might eat barbecue grease, pet food, garbage, bird feeders and beehives. People who encounter bears should stay calm, never offer food and give them their space.

For more information, contact Bearizona Wildlife Park (928) 635-2289 or visit www.bearizona.com/events and click on Bear Aware.

Bearizona's mission is to promote conservation through memorable and educational encounters with North American wildlife in a natural environment.

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